House Plan: Shadowlawn – 3 Bedroom

Shadowlawn - House plan by Allison Ramsey Architects

Shadowlawn (C0053) – House plan by Allison Ramsey Architects

Quite the classy design, isn’t it? You come to expect nothing but from Allison Ramsey Architects. The Shadowlawn plan (C0053) is 3,356 square feet and has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. I love how these homes look like they could have been built many moons ago- such fabulous porches. A place you want to spend time, even before you see the inside! A wonderful design is key to a home that you will love for a lifetime. This home not only has a wonderful front porch, but great screened porches in the back. Lets have a look…

Shadowlawn Main Floor

Shadowlawn Main Floor

I like how the left side of the house is reserved for the Master Bathroom, Bedroom and Closet. This home has a wide foyer that looks straight through the Great Room to the Porch. Speaking of the porches, the screened porches allow you to keep the french doors open when its nice outside. What a nice size kitchen, hmmm! This is a grand house plan!

Shadowlawn House Plan - Second Floor

Shadowlawn House Plan – Second Floor

The upstairs offers plenty of room and privacy with the separate bathrooms, which is nice. For our purposes, I think I would have a storage room instead of two bathrooms… but this gives you great options!

See images from Allison Ramsay Architects website HERE.

This plan is available through Allison Ramsey Architects or through Southern Living Home Plans!

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Workshop Alert & Featured Artist… Philip Frey!

Tidal Zone by Philip Frey - 16x20" Oil

Tidal Zone by Philip Frey – 16×20″ Oil

I featured Philip back in 2011, the first year that I started this daily blog… his work was amazing then, but I love it even more now. I think his bold brush strokes and vibrant colors are out of this world. Each and every one of his paintings is absolutely the best! I haven’t met Philip, but we’ve gone back and forth with messages, and he is the nicest guy ever, a big plus when purchasing art. I have got to like the artist, otherwise it doesn’t matter to me how good their work is, I just won’t love it… you know what I mean?

The darkness of the rocks, against the sunlit shore and that beautiful water… wow… great combination. I like how color peeks through at you through the clouds. Awesome!

Mondrian's Icd Fish Shack by Philip Frey

Mondrian’s Ice Fish Shack by Philip Frey – 30×40″ Oil

Another fabulous painting by Philip. The vibrant blue really just sings… and those icicles hanging off the bottom of the fish shack, well, I just love them! This painting caught my eye, reminded me a bit of home (Michigan). As soon as the lake would freeze you would see “shantytown” – Fish Shanty’s (shacks) everywhere! Inevitably some people didn’t pay attention to when the ice would begin to melt and a few would be lost… bloop… gone. This painting really depicts that quite nicely. I remember going ice fishing with my dad out on the frozen lake. Dig the hole, that was the coolest part. Then sit on buckets with the car door open blocking the wind… no fish… Hello!! Where are the fish…?? Ok dad… I’m done and ready to go get something to eat, hee… that would be after about 15 minutes – wonder why we never had a shanty, ha ha… it was big fun regardless, and probably MORE fun, hey, the memory stuck, that has to mean something, right?

Philip is giving a workshop this year, here are the details, if you’re in the Maine area you aren’t going to want to miss it!

Painting Downeast
Plein Air Painting Workshop with Philip Frey
August 28-31, 2014 | 9 am – 4 pm | $400 |

Click HERE for more information!

Read more about Philip from Gleason Fine Art Gallery website:

Phil Frey was born in Portland, Maine, in 1967. He honed his artistic muse at Syracuse University, from which he graduated cum laude in 1990. Returning to his beloved Maine, he established his home and studio in the down-east village of Sullivan. 

Frey is a master at using bold color to capture the sense of his subject. An admirer of the French Fauves, the 19th-century artists noted for their use of bright color, Frey says of his art: “I’m an artist who tries to joyfully express the surroundings I love through color and a sense of place.”

Frey’s vision is vital, his goal is simplicity. He is often attracted to what might seem ordinary or everyday to someone else. It is Frey’s ability to transform that everyday object into something of beauty and meaning that has caught the eye of Maine’s audience of astute art collectors.

Although Frey’s subject matter is diverse—pure landscapes, seascapes, and even interiors—his joy in the simple act of painting is a constant. So is his need to show “the simple beauty of the extraordinary moment: vivid light on a building, shadows draped along curvy roads, the many colors of foliage, or the intricacy of a working harbor.”

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Poe’s Tavern – Sullivan’s Island, SC – fabulous hamburgers!

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T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   William Shakespeare!

Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza – the Inside Scoop!

Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Fred and I had the best lunch the other day… we had worked hard (our study has been painted, woohoo Fred!) it was getting late and we were starving! We headed to Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, in Mount Pleasant, SC. Usually we split a pizza, they aren’t big, but just enough for us… except for that day… this turned into a lunch/dinner situation… we ordered our typical Margherita Pizza… it’s so fresh tasting with a light crust, very fresh (house made) mozzarella, fresh roma tomatoes and luscious basil… a tasty treat… but we saw that someone had ordered a pizza with some lots of “green” (it was a ways away), we asked what it was. It was the Wild Mushroom Pizza with fresh arugula. So we ordered one of those as well! (Oink! Oink!) Oh. My. Gosh. We were in Heaven… the arugula was so fresh a tender, the PERFECT addition to this pizza. The Margherita Pizza was delicious, as it always is! Their iced tea is pretty spectacular as well… always fresh, and if you’re an iced tea connoisseur like we are (unsweet please) this is the place to go!

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula

Can I tell you how difficult it was to wait to snap this photo? I was getting the evil eye from Fred. HURRY UP! ha ha… Heaven, I’m tellin’ ya! If you get a chance, head on over there… Here’s their website with menu! Or if you prefer to jump right to the PIZZA MENU just click the link! Enjoy and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!

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O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Featured Artist… Chad Smith!

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T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Happy Earth Day!

Workshop Alert: Ken DeWaard – Apalachicola, FL May 11-13, 2014!

Chance. Of. A. Lifetime! That’s what I would personally call it! If you’re going to be in the Apalachicola, FL area in May, take this workshop with Ken DeWaard and Greg LaRock (another fabulous artist!) if you can! Ken (pictured above), is such a great instructor. Learning from someone like Ken is a privilege… you will leave with great insight and you will master your skills… no doubt about it!

Details for the workshop:

MAY 11, 12, 13, 2014 – 9AM- 4PM 

Contact email : 

Community Event from Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational: America’s Paint-Out

Click HERE to purchase workshop tickets!

Here’s a blip about it from

Don’t miss this opportunity to study with two nationally known, award-winning plein air artists in one workshop! With decades of experience, Greg and Ken will guide you through everything you need to know including: simplification, understanding good composition, creating focal ­interest, achieving depth and atmosphere in your work and much, much more. Watch and learn with demos by both artists including a side by side demo of the same subject matter. Plus, lots of hands on instruction, discussion and free goodies for all students! Workshop is open to all levels.

Fee:$300.  Click here to register OR email !

Check out Ken’s website, it’s a great one, full of details… to see images of his work. Stunning!

Also, be sure to check out Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Event May 1 – 11

Catch you back here tomorrow…

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O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Walking downtown (Charleston, SC)… BRING A CAMERA!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:             Cool building on State Street, Charleston, SC

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:        Artist to watch… Nancy Hoerter!

Festive porch downtown – Charleston, SC


A festive Charleston porch

A festive Charleston porch

 H A P P Y   E A S T E R !

This photo was taken last year on Easter, what a festive porch! There is nothing like walking around downtown, especially on or after a holiday when the decorations are still hanging. You wouldn’t believe how many fresh flower wreaths there are. Just stunning! What a treat this city is!

Hope you enjoy your Sunday!! Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Charleston, SC Photo… 

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:             Featured Artist… West Fraser!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:        Rustica Restaurant, Rockland, Maine

Dogwood Tree Blossoms…


Dogwood Blooms in Charleston… Lovely… absolutely stunning in every way. When the sun hits this tree in the morning and late afternoon it just lights up. This time of year doesn’t last long… azaleas blooming, wisteria showing off it’s multitude of blooms with a scent that just goes on forever, soon the hydrangeas and gardenias! Spring is beautiful even though it flies by in the flash of an eye…

Enjoy it while you can! Catch you back here tomorrow!

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Featured Artist: Cecilia Rosslee!

Sunlit Interior by Cecilia Rosslee

Sunlit Interior by Cecilia Rosslee

Interiors. I know I keep mentioning them (hint hint to all you artists out there!)… I love them and paintings of interiors are not easy to find. When you do find an artist it seems like all their interiors are sold… it’s crazy! Of course it can’t be any interior, the painting has to depict great detail (for me, without being too tight), sunshine/light and shadows. It has to be interesting… and Cecilia’s are!

Read a blip about Cecilia from her website, and while you’re there check out her lovely paintings!!

CECILIA ROSSLEE grew up in South Africa and has recently moved to Carmel, California where she lives with her husband and three children.  Her work reflects the people and objects she loves.

After graduating with a National Diploma in Fine Art, Cecilia moved to Cape Town where she started a prolific career in art.  Some of her clients include Planet Hollywood and Sun International Hotels.

In 2000 she formed a publishing company with her husband which supplied a large range of stationery, depicting her art work.  She supplied a major, upscale retail chain store, Woolworths, for 9 years.

Since living in Carmel, CA, Cecilia focuses mainly on her beautiful oil painting.  Her work is in great demand as she depicts happy, warm images that are dear to her.

Image via – used with the artists permission.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Charleston, SC – #1 Tourist Destination IN THE WORLD!

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